We recently launched a new online shop for Buschbeck Masonry Barbecues. It is the first time we have used the Magento open source e-commerce system. Both we and the customer are very impressed with the system so far.
We have previous experience of using osCommerce and CubeCart for developing e-commerce sites and both have their strengths and weaknesses. osCommerce suffers from having too many developers working for “free” and we often find we have to finish developing part-written code, which can be annoying when you are working on a fixed price quote! CubeCart is a great, sensibly priced and properly supported system but can be a little too basic for some sites, although we do recommend it for small sites with basic needs for its ease of set up and use.
We feel Magento has a lot to offer online retailers and certainly helps create a feature-rich online shop with very sophisticated back-office functionality. Some of it can look a little daunting at first, but once you get to grips with it, you can see how the advanced functionality can help you run your site. Magento is commercially-backed for those looking for support, as well as being open source, thereby allowing developers to download and develop for free. There is a community of plug-in developers selling add-on functionality for various functions.
Definitely one to watch…